Roberto Martinez responds when asked whether he'd swap Romelu Lukaku for Jamie Vardy

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hailed striker Romelu Lukaku.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Daily Mail that striker Romelu Lukaku cannot be compared to anybody, having been asked whether he would swap the Belgian for Jamie Vardy.

The Toffees endured a rollercoaster weekend, having been 2-0 up away at Bournemouth before being pegged back to 2-2, though Ross Barkley's last gaps appeared to have won the game for Everton - only for Bournemouth to head up the other end and grab another equaliser through Junior Stanislas.

It was certainly a blow for Everton to lose in that fashion, though the game featured another goal for star striker Romelu Lukaku, whose form of late has been nothing short of sensational.

With five goals in his last four games, the 22-year-old has been superb for Everton of late, and is starting to fulfil the potential he showed with Anderlecht before joining Chelsea in 2011.

The sky may be the limit for Lukaku, but even his outstanding form is being overshadowed by Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, who broke the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games on Saturday.

Vardy's goal against Manchester United took him on to 11 straight games with a goal, and his record breaking feats have made him one of the most in-demand strikers in the top flight.

After drawing against Bournemouth, Everton boss Martinez was asked by the Daily Mail whether he would swap Lukaku for Vardy - and the Spaniard said that Lukaku can't be compared to anybody, and is perfect for how Everton play, suggesting that he would keep Lukaku over Vardy.

"I think it has always been the case that Rom, with the potential he has, is perfect for us. He is a striker who can do it all," said Martinez. "He has the old-fashioned traits — he can have his back to play, the strength, the power. But he can also run with the ball and is a clinical finisher. You can see from his scoring record what he is. That is why we made a huge investment in him."

"With Rom what you get is a reliable footballer who always presents an incredible threat. But he is still only 22 so he cannot really be compared to anyone. There are not many players who at his age have achieved what he has achieved," he added.

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